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August 29, 2016—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce that its 2017 International Conference and Trade Show will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on September 26-28, 2017. The Navy Pier IMAX Theatre will host flat-screen presentations on the IMAX next-generation digital laser projection system, and the Museum of Science and Industry Omnitheater (MSI) will host 15/70 film presentations on the dome screen. The DoubleTree Magnificent Mile will serve as the official conference hotel.
August 31, 2016—nWave Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Hurricane, a giant screen 3D documentary film produced by Ouragan Films. The 40-minute film will be screened in October 2016 at the Giant Screen Cinema Association Conference in Toronto. Producers Andy Byatt (Blue Planet, 2001; Planet Earth, 2006), Cyril Barbançon and Jacqueline Farmer together with composer Yann Tiersen (Amélie, 2001) bring this extraordinary experience to the giant screen.
August 30, 2016—D3D Cinema, in partnership with Christie®, is excited to announce that the newly branded Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater at Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is about to receive a serious projection upgrade—the world’s first giant dome cinema laser system. The theater re-launch, complete with new seats and carpet, is set to open to the public in October.
August 25, 2016—It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jim Patterson, Director for Business Development for Major Cineplex in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 13 after a year-long battle with cancer. Major Cineplex was a longtime member of GSCA and a past GSCA Acheivement Award winner, and Jim was always so generous in sharing his substantial expertise with other members.
August 25, 2016—For years, Sydney has boasted the biggest cinema screen in the world at IMAX Darling Harbour, but a new $700M redesign of the site will see the iconic building demolished and the precinct faced with some significant construction for the next three years. IMAX Sydney chief executive Mark Bretherton said that he was excited about the opportunities the new site would bring, and quick to point out the new screen would still be the biggest in the world. “The new screen will be slightly smaller than our current one, but it will still be the biggest in the world,” he said. Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph about the development here.
August 21, 2016—Giant Screen Films and BBC Earth are pleased to announce that Earthflight, a coproduction of John Downer Productions and BBC Earth, will soar into theaters worldwide this September. Earthflight is a totally immersive experience, taking the audience on an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds. Revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of-the-art 3D cameras deliver the reality of flight as we join a variety of different avian species on their seasonal journeys. The film marks the fourth giant screen release by BBC and GSF, and garnered very high marks at its industry premiere at the GSF Film Forum in June.
August 21, 2016—After a competitive selection process, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, currently under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, has chosen Sky-Skan, Inc. to provide a complete Definiti 8k 3D digital planetarium and visualization system for the Frost Planetarium, which opens next year.
August 3, 2016—We are sad to share that Mijbil Almutawa, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Kuwait Scientific Center since it opened in 2000, has died. Mr. Almutawa was a loyal member of GSCA and an ardent supporter of the giant screen community. Abdullah Alshetail, IMAX Theater Manager at the Kuwait Scientific Center, shared the following with GSCA...
August 3, 2016—IMAX Corp. (NYSE: IMAX) and IMAX China Holding, Inc. (HKSE: 1970) have announced IMAX's largest new theatre deal ever—150 additional theatres with Wanda Cinema Line Corp (002739.SZ). Under the agreement, the theatres will be built throughout China over six years, starting next year, with 110 of these theatres scheduled to be installed by 2020.
August 3, 2016—IMAX has reported second quarter 2016 financial results, with highlights including robust Q2 2016 signings of 95 IMAX® theatre systems, up 217% year-over-year; increased 2016 installation guidance to 155 theatres, up from original 2016 guidance of 115 to 120 theatres, underscoring strong worldwide demand for IMAX theatres; and record backlog of 442 systems represents 40% growth to existing network of 1,102 theatres.